Mountain Dew’s Hard Mtn Dew Livewire features orange mixed with the Mtn Dew citrus flavor and contains 5% ABV, no caffeine, and no added sugars.Hard Mtn Dew Livewire is not available in my state (California) but I received this 24-oz can courtesy of Mountain Dew.
There was a very pleasant orange aroma to beverage, like a cross between freshly-squeezed orange juice and orange soda. The color was expectedly vibrant like a typical orange soda.
Hard Mtn Dew Livewire had an unexpectedly understated taste. Similar to how it smelled, Livewire tasted like a light orange soda mixed with some fresh oranges. I couldn’t really taste the original Mtn Dew citrus flavor.
Livewire was only lightly sweetened, with judicious use of artificial sweetener that was only really apparent on the end note. There was a slightly bitter aftertaste from the combination of the orange flavoring, artificial sweetener, and alcohol, but it was thankfully mild and inoffensive.
Overall, Hard Mtn Dew Livewire was a pleasant surprise. I think the fresh orange flavor leant itself well to this alcoholic application, both because it masked the aftertaste of the artificial sweetener well and due to orange juice being such a common mixer for cocktails. It made for easy drinking.